Mather Jamie lands major estate management job

Amy Biddell and Charles Coaker

The estate management division of land development and property agent Mather Jamie has won the contract to manage the Lockington Estate in Leicestershire.

The estate includes 15 cottages, 39,000 sq ft of office space and a “substantial” sand and gravel quarry operated by Tarmac. Lockington Hall, which is a grade II listed building was converted to office accommodation in 1974 soon after the current owner Charles Coaker inherited the estate in 1972. Since then, FPCR Environment and Design have been the main tenants.

Together with residential and commercial properties Mather Jamie will also manage around 1,100 acres of agricultural land. The estate portfolio also includes a clay pigeon shooting venue, a paintballing site, a model aircraft club, a fishing lake and a scout hut which are let to local clubs and organisations.

Mather Jamie will also be managing Coaker’s residential and agricultural portfolio in Northamptonshire which includees eight cottages and around 1,000 acres of land.

The management of the Estate will be led by Mather Jamie director Amy Biddell with support from Jane Barton who recently joined the firm as rural estate administrator having previously worked on the Lockington Estate. The services provided will include full tenancy management, property repairs and maintenance, new and end of tenancy letting matters as well as compliance and regulatory administration.

Biddell said: “Mather Jamie has a long history of estate management and we currently manage a number of large and distinguished estates within the region, many of which have been clients of Mather Jamie for over 30 years. Our extensive knowledge and experience of the residential, commercial and agricultural sectors means that we are able to offer clients a fully tailored management package to suit their circumstances and requirements. Estate management is something that I am really passionate about and I am thrilled to be taking on the management of this long standing rural estate”.

Mather Jamie director Alex Reid is acting as the commercial letting agent and has already secured a new tenant for 8,400 sq ft of vacant office space which has been let to Breedon Group.

Coaker said: “In appointing new agents I was keen to ensure they were locally based and in addition to all the usual estate management skills, had in house expertise to deal with the commercial, mineral and development potential. I was also delighted to learn that Jane Barton was going to be managing the estate on a day-to-day basis.

“Being energetic and personable I have every confidence that she will represent the Estate’s interests to good effect. Mather Jamie also have an impressive track record of managing similar estates and finding high calibre tenants to lease office space.”

Lockington Hall and Estate was bought in 1987 by Nathaniel Charles Curzon of Breedon on the Hill, who was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1876. He greatly extended the house, adding two service wings and a porte-cochere to the five bayed north entrance front as well as constructing and updating farm buildings and cottages across the estate. His nephew Frances Curzon Newton of Mickleover Manor inherited the estate in 1916 and was succeeded by his son John Curzon in 1918, who in turn left it to his nephew Charles Coaker in 1972.